The people of this beautiful state have seen their share of heartache. It's in the difficult times that we ban together. Residents of Aurora held a Day of Remembrance on Saturday, July 20, 2013, to mark the one-year anniversary of the move-theater shooting tragedy. FBR was honored to be chosen by members of the city of Aurora as a volunteer spot on their Day of Remembrance. Over 30 individuals came out to help for the day. A variety of additional service projects were organized at non-profit organizations throughout Aurora, including Project C.U.R. E., Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado, Aurora Mental Health Center, Boys & Girls Club, Aurora North Middle School and others. Our hearts continue to go out to the city of Aurora and all those effected by this tragedy.
On September 7th, 58 representatives from XCEL Energy filled up our warehouse, volunteering their time and talents for FBR. They packed an outstanding 5,000 Totes of Hope for Denver area kids to take home on weekends. These totes provide meals that kiddos might not otherwise have access to. They also packed boxes of food that will be distributed to clients in need. How amazing was this group of dedicated volunteers? AMAZING. Thanks XCEL!!!!! We all appreciate you.
August 28, a group of 13 go-getters from TJ Maxx volunteered in our reclamation area. In addition to their donation of time, the company gifted us with a check that will provide 10,000 meals to our neighbors in need! We love partnering with new groups who are so excited and dedicated to fighting hunger in Colorado. Thanks TJ Maxx! We look forward to working with you again in the future.
Check out this video. This summer two recent high school graduates from the East Coast embarked on a journey across the country, offering a helping hand in multiple states to various volunteer organizations. FBR was one of their stops. They spent the day with us, volunteering in our Denver warehouse. Pretty cool huh? We thought so. They not only helped out communities in need at each of their stops, but also created memories they'll have for a lifetime. Way to go guys.
For the 2013 summer, I was blessed with the task of helping Food Bank of the Rockies visit more than 80 agencies as a part of the Hunger in America 2014 survey.
Every four years, Feeding America food banks across the nation survey the community members utilizing their services, either directly or through their partner agencies. The information obtained from the surveys helps each food bank garner more food and funding through an updated slew of statistics.
My experience has been nothing short of enlightening and humbling. I’ve meet more crusaders in the world of hunger relief than I ever thought I would, as well as getting the chance to sit down with some of the people who utilize our agencies’ services and hear their stories.
At the beginning of this experience, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I envisioned myself going to an agency, letting some people answer some questions and heading home. But, after finishing my first few hunger studies, I realized what invaluable opportunity I had received. Every time I visit an agency for a hunger study, I get the chance to be an advocate for those who sometimes aren’t listened to. I get to share their stories and bring awareness to a problem we face in Colorado; a problem that can be fixed.
Food Bank of the Rockies’ services help dozens of Coloradans find nourishment for their households and provide hope for those in need. Without the dedication of their volunteers, staff and community support, this organization wouldn’t be able to make the impact they do in the community, which deserves praise in every way.
I’ll leave my internship knowing that my services made a difference. That someone, somewhere in the state, will be able to put a meal on their family’s table because of the kindness and generosity of others. I’ll leave this knowing that Food Bank of the Rockies inspired one more person to continue the fight against hunger, in any way she can.
10:01 AM on Monday, July 29th, 2013No Comments
We're incredibly honored to share news about a valued member of the food bank family. Barbara is priceless to our mission of fighting hunger and feeding hope and we're blessed to know her. Congratulations Barbara and thank you a thousand times over for all you do!
Barbara Miller: Food Bank Volunteer An Inspiring Mentor
Barbara Miller is the July 2013 recipient of the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award. Miller was nominated by Food Bank of the Rockies, where she has volunteered more than 6,000 hours over the past 18 years. Following her retirement from an accounting firm, Miller has worked in a variety of positions at Food Bank of the Rockies. In 2010, Miller broke her hip, but soon returned to the Food Bank and switched to a volunteer role in the finance office.
Miller is also a regular volunteer at University Hospital, where she works as a hospital ambassador in the emergency room waiting area. Her job is to attend the Sunshine Cart and to be a good listener for people whose loved ones are in the midst of a medical crisis. Her pleasant, upbeat attitude is credited for helping soothe patients and their families.
Miller, 82, is also praised for her sense of humor. She says that her volunteer commitments, “…keep me off the streets.”
“Barbara Miller’s tenacity and dedication inspires us all, particular the new volunteers who meet her and learn from her,” said Jackie Norris, chair of the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award Committee. “The positive energy Barbara brings to her work is contagious.”
Miller received the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award on July 25, 2013 at a ceremony held in her honor at the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel. She designated the $2,000 monetary gift that accompanies the Award to Food Bank of the Rockies.
In its 37th year, the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award Committee recognizes outstanding volunteers monthly 11 times a year. Recipients may designate a $2,000 monetary award to the organization of their choice. As of July 2013, the Committee has recognized 426 outstanding volunteers and donated $754,000 to nearly 500 nonprofit organizations chosen by award recipients. From 1967 to 1983, Minoru Yasui served as executive director of the Denver Commission on Community Relations, which launched the Community Volunteer Award in 1976, and named it in honor of Mr. Yasui in 1977. More information: minyasui.org
Joe and Debbie Sakic are making plans for their 16th Annual Bringing Hope to the Table Celebration, benefiting the children's programs through Food Bank of the Rockies. They'd love nothing more than to see you and your colleagues, friends and family at this awesome event. The high end silent and live auction will offer items ranging from Ellen tickets to fairy tale birthday parties to overnights and dinner certificates in Cherry Creek. This year we welcome comedian Jon Reep to the stage, who is bound to have the audience in tears. Jake Schroeder and Hazel Miller will also be entertaining guest during dinner with their musical genius. Our guests continue to join us at this fun filled charity event year after year. We hope to see you there on August 23!
When we launched the Kung Food Fighters Kids Club a couple months back, we had no idea how many amazingly awesome kids would pop out of the wood work. A couple weeks ago, we hosted a private tour for club members and their families, followed by a delicious breakfast provided by our in-house chef. 20 kiddos and their parents joined us to learn about what Food Bank of the Rockies does in the community and how important they are in our society. Ranging from ages 3-18, these kids learned about tangible outlets for giving back to their community.
One of the kids in attendance was the amazing Clark. This soon-to-be 6th grader organized a "Fun Run" in his neighborhood and collected over $1,300 for FBR! How outstanding is that? He created an impressive, larger than life check that will be proudly hung on our gigantic wall of checks. In addition, our friend Derek (who lived in a plexi-glass box on the 16th street mall this past spring to fight childhood homelessness and hunger) joined us to talk to the kids about how important it is to step outside their comfort zones to make a difference in the world.
We're blessed to have this club as an outlet for working with, educating and empowering kids to see their potential for positive change! If you haven't signed your kiddos us, you can do so right here.
1:45 PM on Monday, June 24th, 2013No Comments
Last week, we were blessed with yet another outpouring of generosity through 9Cares Colorado Shares and King Soopers. Coloradans came forward to fight hunger and donated over 14,000 pounds of food and purchased boxes which provided an additional 130,000 pound of food through our friends at King Soopers! This past Thursday, over 100 hunger relief agency partners lined up at a warehouse space that was graciously loaned to us for the week and loaded their vehicles with much appreciated food to distribute to clients on the front lines of hunger. It was a busy week and one that leaves us so grateful and amazed at the impact we can make when we all work together toward a common goal.
THANKS to 9NEWS, King Soopers, our volunteers and all our generous neighbors for making this distribution possible!
We're fortunate to work with companies who consistently exhibit their generosity and passion for fighting hunger. Grainger is one of these companies. We're so grateful to partner with them year after year. This year is no exception! Last week, Grainger executives visited us to present a gift that will provide 120,000 meals for our neighbors in need. How amazing is that? THANKS to Grainger for your time and your dedication. We appreciate you so very much!